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The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN or LVN found guilty for violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case if not properly defended by a nurse attorney

One of the best examples where a client failed to hire the right nurse attorney will be discussed in this case. 

On or about November 18, 2015, the RN failed to ensure that a Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pump administering Dilaudid to her patient was properly programmed, resulting in the patient receiving a dose of Dilaudid in excess of the physician’s order. Subsequently, the patient coded was intubated and required transport to the Intensive Care Unit. The RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to a risk of harm from adverse effects of an overdose of Dilaudid including hypotension and respiratory distress.

Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing. During the hearing, the RN states that as she was setting up the PCA pump for the patient, she accidentally pressed the purge button on the pump. The RN states that the Charge Nurse came into the patient room and deleted all the settings and reset the pump. The RN states that the Charge Nurse co-signed on the computer with her regarding the administration.

However, she failed to hire an experienced nurse attorney to help her defend her side of the story.

The RN failed to properly present and defend her case against the court. She was disciplined warning to suspension of her RN license by violating Texas Board of Nursing regulation.

Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.